Danny Hills makes a case for the next frontier of cancer research: proteomics, the study of proteins in the body. As Hillis explains it, genomics shows us a list of the ingredients of the body -- while proteomics shows us what those ingredients produce. Understanding what's going on in your body at the protein level may lead to a new understanding of how cancer happens. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2010, TED, Talks, 2010
At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, math, TED2010, 2010
From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, computers, education, math, technology, 2010
Diagnosed with cancer, Bruce Feiler worried first about his young family. So -- as he shares in this funny, rambling and ultimately thoughtful talk -- he asked his closest friends to become a "council of dads," bringing their own lifetimes of wisdom to advise his twin daughters as they grow. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2010, TED, Talks, cancer, community, culture, storytelling, 2010
Drugs alone can't stop disease in sub-Saharan Africa: We need diagnostic tools to match. TED Senior Fellow Frederick Balagadde shows how we can multiply the power and availability of an unwieldy, expensive diagnostic lab -- by miniaturizing it to the size of a chip. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, invention, microbiology, TED2010, 2010
Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world's largest freestanding bamboo building. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, education, green, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, language, law, simplicity, TED2010, 2010
In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, green, technology, TED2010, 2010
In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, medicine, TEDxDU 2010, 2010
Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield" -- and asks drivers to be polite. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, transportation, TED2010, 2010
The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, global issues, politics, TED2010, 2010
Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found that, by respecting the "three B's" (blue material, beliefs and "bolitics"), the Axis of Evil comics find plenty of cross-border laughs. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, entertainment, politics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, design, technology, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London 2010, TED, Talks, design, entertainment, technology, 2010
David Byrne sings the Talking Heads' 1988 hit, "(Nothing But) Flowers." He's accompanied by Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel, who made up the TED2010 house band. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, future, music, performance, society, 2010
Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, complexity, design, science, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, innovation, TED2010, 2010
Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, news, science, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward -- manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, biology, brain, neurology, science, 2010
Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our "connectome," and it's as individual as our genome -- and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, brain, mind, science, technology, 2010
Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, marketing, math, physics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk from TEDxDU. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxDU 2010, TED, Talks, culture, history, photography, poverty, 2010
Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized tria Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, poverty, third world, TED2010, 2010
At TEDxRotterdam, Bart Weetjens talks about his extraordinary project: training rats to sniff out land mines. He shows clips of his "hero rats" in action, and previews his work's next phase: teaching them to turn up tuberculosis in the lab. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRotterdam 2010, TED, Talks, Africa, animals, technology, war, 2010
Did you know you have functioning neurons in your intestines -- about a hundred million of them? Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising things it makes us feel. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, food, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, education, poverty, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, Leave Your Sleep. Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, literature, music, performance, poetry, TED2010, 2010
In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings. How do you rate it? "Jaw-dropping"? "Unconvincing"? Or just plain "Funny"? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, entertainment, statistics, TED2010, 2010
Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, music, performance, TED2010, 2010
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, education, invention, TED2010, 2010
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, education, intelligence, TED2010, 2010
A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted ..." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, entertainment, politics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
It's been said that when an elder dies, it's as if a library is burned. Anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey, a National Geographic Fellow, collects the deep cultural knowledge passed down as stories and lore. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, 2010
Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world -- by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxAmsterdam, TED, Talks, architecture, design, 2010
TV executive Lauren Zalaznick thinks deeply about pop television. Sharing results of a bold study that tracks attitudes against TV ratings over five decades, she makes a case that television reflects who we truly are -- in ways we might not have expected. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, entertainment, 2010
Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxToronto 2010, TED, Talks, collaboration, community, culture, education, global...
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, development, education, technology, third world, web, TEDGlobal...
Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biosphere, crime, environment, nature, prison, social change, TED2010, 2010
David Bismark demos a new system for voting that contains a simple, verifiable way to prevent fraud and miscounting -- while keeping each person's vote secret. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, global issues, government, politics, technology, TEDGlobal...
As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, exploration, green, science, technology, TED2010,...
At TEDxRotterdam, world champion whistler Geert Chatrou performs the whimsical "Eleonora" by A. Honhoff, and his own "Fête de la Belle." In a fascinating interlude, he talks about what brought him to the craft. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRotterdam 2010, TED, Talks, entertainment, live music, music, performance, 2010
Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube's head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, business, creativity, culture, entertainment, law, technology,...
Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, epidemiology, global issues, health, medicine, TED2010, 2010
As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, economics, green, poverty, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
Computer science professor Shimon Schocken is also an avid mountain biker. To share the life lessons he learned while riding, he began an outdoor program with Israel's juvenile inmates and was touched by both their intense difficulties and profound successes. Photographs by Raphael Rabinovitz. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxTelAviv 2010, TED, Talks, children, education, leadership, personal growth, sports,...
Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, economics, global issues, happiness, statistics, tedbooks,...
Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, climate change, environment, global issues, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, design, economics, engineering, politics, TEDSalon London 2010,...
Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, language, news, technology, web, TEDGlobal...